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Professor Elizabeth Graham

Question for May 2009

What if an Aztec warrior died or was killed in battle (rather than being taken/taking captive)? Asked by St Andrew’s CE Primary School. Chosen and answered by Professor Elizabeth Graham.

Eagle ‘cuauhxicalli’ bowl for receiving victims’ hearts, Templo Mayor museum, Mexico City
Eagle ‘cuauhxicalli’ bowl for receiving victims’ hearts, Templo Mayor museum, Mexico City (Click on image to enlarge)

Whilst this isn’t a direct answer to the question from St. Andrew’s School, we think that Dr. Graham has raised the very interesting question of what exactly we mean by ‘human sacrifice’. Do read her thought-provoking answer (follow link below).

We will be adding more and more on this subject in the months ahead, and hope you will all contribute to the discussion that develops...!

Photo by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore

“There is no such thing as ‘Human Sacrifice’”

Professor Elizabeth Graham has answered 7 questions altogether:

What if an Aztec warrior died or was killed in battle (rather than being taken/taking captive)?

Did the Aztecs force you to be who you are?

Did people get paid for cleaning the city?

Did the Aztecs ever meet the Incas?

Why did the gods destroy the four [previous] worlds if they made them in the first place?

When women went to the market with babies on their backs, did other women ever try to steal them?

What’s the most interesting fact you’ve come across about the Aztecs? (2)

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